Rehabilitation Robotics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128119952

Rehabilitation Robotics

1st Edition

Editors: Roberto Colombo Vittorio Sanguineti
Paperback ISBN: 9780128119952
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th January 2018
Page Count: 380
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Rehabilitation Robotics gives an introduction and overview of all areas of rehabilitation robotics, perfect for anyone new to the field. It also summarizes available robot technologies and their application to different pathologies for skilled researchers and clinicians. The editors have been involved in the development and application of robotic devices for neurorehabilitation for more than 15 years. This experience using several commercial devices for robotic rehabilitation has enabled them to develop the know-how and expertise necessary to guide those seeking comprehensive understanding of this topic.

Each chapter is written by an expert in the respective field, pulling in perspectives from both engineers and clinicians to present a multi-disciplinary view. The book targets the implementation of efficient robot strategies to facilitate the re-acquisition of motor skills. This technology incorporates the outcomes of behavioral studies on motor learning and its neural correlates into the design, implementation and validation of robot agents that behave as ‘optimal’ trainers, efficiently exploiting the structure and plasticity of the human sensorimotor systems. In this context, human-robot interaction plays a paramount role, at both the physical and cognitive level, toward achieving a symbiotic interaction where the human body and the robot can benefit from each other’s dynamics.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of recent developments in the area of rehabilitation robotics
  • Includes information on both therapeutic and assistive robots
  • Focuses on the state-of-the-art and representative advancements in the design, control, analysis, implementation and validation of rehabilitation robotic systems


Biomedical Engineers, Clinical Engineers, R&D Professionals, Rehabilitation Engineers and Scientists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Neurologists, Clinicians and Psychiatrists

Table of Contents

1. Physiological basis of neuromotor recovery (Nudo/Kwakkel)
2. Computational motor control aspects in rehabilitation (Burdet/ Krakauer/ Sanguineti)
3. Mechanical design of rehabilitation robots (Guglielmelli /Campolo)
Design of the robot structure and mechanics, including both exoskeleton and endpoint robots
4. Actuators and sensors for rehabilitation and prosthetic robots (Bicchi)
Overview of the different actuators and sensors available and related selection criteria
5. Software platforms for integrating robots and virtual environments (Munich M, /Patton J)
Review of available development environments for rehabilitation robots
6. User-centered design of assistive and rehabilitation robots (Stienen A)
Design approaches for robot systems that interact physically with humans for rehabilitation purposes
7. Robot control architectures (Reinkensmeyer)
Admittance control, impedance control, adaptive regulation of assistance.
8. Different forms of robot assistance for neurorehabilitation (O’Malley)
9. Myoelectric controllers and EMG-based treatment (author to be defined)
How to use EMG activity to detect intentions, control prostheses and shape treatment
10. Prosthetic robotic legs (Herr/Popovic)
Prostheses for lower-limb amputees
11. Prosthetic robotic hands (Carrozza)
Prostheses for hand amputees, including myoelectric control
12. Robots for cognitive rehabilitation (Winstein/ Metta/ Farshid Amirabdollahian)
Companion and pet robots (including humanoids )
13. Vision for rehabilitation robots (to be defined)
Vision allows robots to collect more information on user and environments than just interaction forces
14. Health technology assessment and rehabilitation technologies (to be defined)
15. Twenty years of application of the MIT-MANUS robot (H.I. Krebs)
16. Three-dimensional, task-specific robot therapy (Klamroth-Marganska V)
17. Bimanual training for the rehabilitation of stroke patients (Hesse S)
18. Robot-assisted therapy of hand function (Lambercy O / Burdet E)
19. Exoskeletons for upper limb rehabilitation (Frisoli A)
20. Robot-assisted gait training using the Lokomat gait orthosis (Riener R)
21. Robot–assisted rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (Feys P)
22. Robot therapy in children with cerebral palsy (Schroeder AS)
23. Increasing motivation during robot-assisted rehabilitation (Novak D)
24. Wearable robotic applications for neurorehabilitation (Pons JL)
25. Hybrid FES-robot devices for training of activities of daily living (Popovic L)
26. Use of robot devices for the assessment of motor function (Balasubramanian S, Colombo R)
27. Robotic techniques for evaluation and training of proprioceptive deficits (Morasso P)
28. Parametric identification techniques for the assessment of motor recovery (Sanguineti V, Colombo R)
29. Use of robot devices for tremor suppression (Moreno (JC)
30. Neural and muscular correlates of robot-assisted rehabilitation (A Turolla, Corbetta M)
31. The role of muscle synergies in robot-assisted neurorehabilitation (Micera S)
32. Integration of robot-assisted rehabilitation and non-invasive brain stimulation (Pasqual Leone/ Schambra Heidi)
33. Telerehabilitation training program for hand therapy in stroke (Butler AJ)
Experience with the Hand Mentor device


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About the Editor

Roberto Colombo

He has been involved in several activities in the field of Bioengineering and Clinical Engineering including biological data acquisition, instrumentation management and interfacing, signal and image processing, data mining and statistics. He is a teacher in several national and international courses in the field of neurorehabilitation

His research interests include: robot-aided neuro-rehabilitation, muscle tone and spasticity evaluation, muscle force and fatigue assessment, speech production mechanisms study, respiratory mechanics assessment, assessment of autonomic function through heart rate variability analysis., He has authored over 100 papers and is co-editor of a book on the subject of speech production mechanisms.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bioengineering Dept., Fondazione Salvatore Maugeri – Pavia, Italy

Vittorio Sanguineti

Vittorio Sanguineti, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa. He received a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering (1989) and a PhD in Robotics (1994), both at the University of Genoa.

He Has Been working as a post-doctoral fellow at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (1995-1996), at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1996), and at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, USA (1997-1998 and 2000 ).

His main areas of interest are the neural control of movement (upper limb, orofacial and postural control), motor learning and the applications of robotics to neuromotor rehabilitation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering, University of Genova – Genoa, Italy